Several weeks ago I asked the Wednesday night Bible study group to pray specifically for a fruitful harvest of new believers. The following weekend, we also asked the entire church to do the same.

Since that time, we have seen a steady group of new believers. Thirty-six of those new believers were baptized in the Bogue Falaya River last Sunday. It was a wonderful time and a great experience.

Over the years, I have learned that two practices in particular help in the work of sharing Christ with other people.

The first is prayer.  When we pray in general for a “soul harvest” and specifically for individuals, we will see other people come to faith in Christ. Of course, this should be followed up with action. After all, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” We must be faithful in sharing the word of Christ to other people.

The second is the effect of Connect Groups. Through the years, I have noticed that when people are actively engaged with the Word of God and other believers, they are much more likely to put their faith in Christ and trust Him as Lord and Savior of their lives.

In sum, it is hard to find a better practice for effective evangelism than studying the Word of God with credible believers.

I want to ask you to consider this for your life and for your family. Our growth and our effectiveness in ministry will be affected by those small group Bible studies. 

May God bless our Connect Groups and those who lead them.

– Waylon Bailey